Sunlight Falls Directly on the Jyotirlingam of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple



With the removal of a wall between the new compound and the original compound, sunrays will now fall directly on the Jyotirlinga at the 18th century Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. This was a long standing desire of Shiva devotees and the Jyotirlingam got the first glimpse of the sun on Monday, April 14, 2008.

From The Hindu

The original 2500-sq feet campus of historic Kashi Vishwanath temple was merged on Monday with the 6,000-sq feet new campus which has Tarakeshwar and Rani Bhavani Bhuvaneshwar temples.

Large space has also been created for devotees for other spiritual activities like arti (prayer), meditation, devotional singing and keertan (prayer-meet) within the compound.

The unified campus had a look of unique grandeur. Also, the old golden temple was brightly lit with the sunrays reaching its every nook and corner directly.

The 'Jyotirlingam' was exposed to the sunrays probably for the first time in the history of the temple, which was built by the queen Ahilya Bai in 1780 after the erstwhile temple was demolished by Aurangzeb in 1669.